Philadelphia Not In Top Markets For World Cup Ratings

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC have combined to average a 2.5 US household rating and 4,112,000 viewers through the first 14 World Cup matches, marking significant increases over the 2010 World Cup (2.1 US HH rating, 3,346,000 viewers).

Philadelphia is not in the top-12 markets in terms of World Cup ratings, sitting behind smaller markets such as West Palm Beach and San Diego.

Here are the top-12 World Cup watch markets via

  1. Washington D.C. (5.0)
  2. San Francisco (4.4)
  3. New York (4.1)
  4. Boston (3.8)
  5. Orlando (3.7)
  6. Los Angeles (3.7)
  7. Miami (3.7)
  8. Hartford (3.7)
  9. Atlanta (3.6)
  10. Seattle (3.4)
  11. West Palm Beach (3.4)
  12. San Diego (3.4)


In addition, the U.S. vs. Ghana match on Monday average a 6.3 US household rating and 11,093,000 viewers, making it the highest rated and most watched men’s soccer watch ever on ESPN or ESPN2 according to Nielsen. Monday’s match was ESPN’s was ESPN’s highest rated and most watched telecast since January 6th’s BCS National Championship coverage.

Washington D.C. lead all markets for the U.S. match as well, with a rating of 11.8. New York (10.2), Hartford-New Haven (10.1), and Boston (10.0) all received at least a 10.0 rating. Philadelphia was not in the top-10.




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